Examining the Call to a Pastoral Conversion of Structures 

Over the last couple of months, I have written about the document “The Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community in the Service of the Evangelizing Mission of the Church.” The Congregation for the Clergy in Rome promulgated this document in 2020. I’d like to conclude my reflection on this document this week. Chapter 6 is…

Notes from Archbishop Perez (Part Two)

Last time I wrote about a gathering of priests who met with Archbishop Perez during a fall workshop. During the gathering, the Archbishop spoke on several topics. Let me continue with some of his words. The Independent Oversight Committee overseeing the Independent Reconciliation and Reparation Program (IRRP) announced the release of its final report earlier…

Notes from Archbishop Perez (Part One)

A few weeks ago, Archbishop Perez met with the priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It was during an annual fall workshop sponsored by the Archdiocese. The Archbishop spoke on a variety of topics. He first mentioned that a number of good things are happening in Philadelphia. For example, Young Catholic Professionals are meeting regularly….

Intentional Missionary Discipleship: A Reflection

Someone asked a question in a recent conversation. It had to do with three priorities Archbishop Nelson Perez has mentioned for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In descending order, his priorities are: 3. Move from crisis to hope. 2. Build up resources for the sake of the mission. 1. Develop and grow a culture of missionary…

Saint Francis de Sales: A Spirituality for the Imperfect – Part One

From a Saint Monica Sojourner This is part one of a two-part conclusion on the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales. If you have not heard of his spirituality referred to as a Spirituality for the Imperfect or the Spirituality of Imperfection, neither had I until I looked a little deeper into the readings of…

Called for More and Parish Priorities

Recently the priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia met with Archbishop Perez for an annual Fall Workshop. The topic was “Called for More.” This is the multi-year, Archdiocesan initiative to implement the three top priorities of Archbishop Perez, namely: Move from crisis to hope. Build up resources for the sake of the mission. Develop a…